In May of 1996, Donnie DaSilva and Chris Tidwell sat in a Toronto, Canada studio and pushed out one of the first-ever live-to-air online radio broadcast. With the birth of that show on the Virtually Canadian network, podcasting was born…before it was even known as such.
In 2006, Canadian hip-hop icon, Dan-e-o joined forces with Donnie to found a brand new show. Tid was a weekly contributor on that program, before stepping in as a full time host before the end of the show’s run. This trio originated, and then reinvented the way online radio sounded.
Since March of 2020 (thanks Covid!) the guys have been back together again! The official OGs of online radio are talking current events, politics, sports, relationships, pop culture or anything else. They have also become known for their incredible interview style with amazing guests from all walks of life. Professional athletes, musicians, comedians, Hollywood actors, directors, writers, reality TV stars, authors, magicians, wrestlers, broadcasters, influencers… The Godfathers have interviewed them all, and gotten used to hearing “That was one of the best interviews I’ve ever done!”
Introducing “The Godfathers of Podcasting”!
Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Donnie is a first generation Canadian who is very proud of his Portuguese roots. Donnie started working in radio when he was just 16 years old, and was a volunteer at a popular top 40 music station. Since that time, he’s hosted many different talk shows with subject matter that ranged from politics, current events, pop culture and sports. That broad background and his passion for research comes into play each week when he kicks off each interview with his trademark “Big Hello” and helps to kickstart the conversation. Donnie also has a career in the corporate world and is an outstanding coach of several sports – most notably basketball. Donnie is a dad and an aspiring home chef.
Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, “Tid” is a true renaissance man. Don’t let the ugly face fool ya! This heavy metal drummer-turned-street fighter-turned professional wrestler (under the name The Notorious T.I.D.) happens to have a successful business career as well. He’s done everything from hard labour to media sales and has almost 25 years of on-air broadcast experience. When he’s not being a smart ass, he’s…well…he’s pretty much always a smart ass. He is the undisputed king of the one liners and has been known to make even the most miserable people smile!
Dan-e-o (Daniel Faraldo) is globally known for his debut single “Dear Hip Hop” which appeared on the legendary compilation, Rap Essentials Volume One in 1996. A founding member of the Scarborough collective, Monolith as well as the duo, Perfeck Strangers. In 2020 Dan-e-o celebrated the release of his fifth solo album, The Day It All Changed – an ode to his daughter, Melina and the joys of fatherhood. Also an accomplished actor, Dan-e-o appears in the films Anything Goes, Tapped Out, Lifechanger and is the star of CBC Gem’s one man short – 40 Parsecs and Some Fuel. He has also appeared in numerous TV shows and commercials. On the Godfathers Of Podcasting, Dan-e-o has been known to wear his heart on his sleeve discussing important social issues, but will also drop a face melting freestyle at a moment’s notice!